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Department of pediatric surgery and urology

Dr. med. Dennis Uhlig
paediatric surgery

About the department

The pediatric surgery and urology department at Helios Hospital Krefeld treats newborns, children, and adolescents who require surgical care. The range of services includes medical care for injuries, burns, gastrointestinal tract, diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract and congenital malformations. A team of pediatric nurses, paediatricians and high-qualified pediatric anesthesiologists and pediatric surgeons are available for patients in the intensive care unit to provide emergency services. With their technical knowledge and relevant experience, doctors can offer proper medical care to the youngest patients. The department is designated a Level I Perinatal Center and cares for premature babies weighing less than 1000 grams.

The most common pathologies in children are injuries, wounds, fractures and burns. In severe cases, in the case of a so-called polytrauma, the child will be cared for along with other specialised departments such as vascular surgery, abdominal surgery, traumatology or the pediatric intensive care unit. Pediatric surgeons, if possible, refrain from using radiation-damaging diagnostic procedures and, first of all, attach great importance to a thorough examination of the child. If an X-ray examination or additional examination procedures are necessary, they can be performed directly.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Burns and scalds
  • Skin and soft tissue injuries (e.g., head laceration)
  • Broken bones (wounded or not)
  • Injuries to the chest or abdomen
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Hernia of the abdominal wall (epigastric hernia)
  • Reflux of stomach contents into the oesophagus (gastroesophageal reflux)
  • Inflammation of the appendix (appendicitis)
  • A protrusion of the small intestine (Meckel's diverticulum)
  • Intussusception of part of the intestine (intussusception)
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Acute abdomen
  • Undescended testicles or position of the testicles in the abdomen
  • Narrowing of the foreskin (phimosis)
  • Tumours of the kidneys and urinary tract
  • Congenital malformations and problems with dehydration (enuresis)

Diagnostic: 

  • Anamnesis 
  • Physical examination
  • Laboratory tests
  • Digital X-ray 
  • Computed tomography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging 
  • Ultrasound examination 
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy 
  • Liver biopsy (open, laparoscopic or ultrasound-guided)

Treatment: 

  • Drug therapy 
  • Intensive care 
  • Open surgery 
  • Minimally invasive procedures 
  • Laparoscopic surgery 
  • Endoscopic surgery 
  • Circumcision 
  • Removal of diseased intestines
  • Removal of the spleen
  • Other surgical procedures 
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Doctor profile

Education

  • 1998 Studied medicine at Westphalian Wilhelm University in Münster
  • Practical year at the University of Cologne

Experience

  • 2005 Bethel Evangelical Clinic in Bielefeld
  • Chief Physician at the Westphalian Wilhelm University in Münster
  • 2018 Head of the Department of the pediatric surgery at Helios Clinic Krefeld
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